The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your residence or away and can change temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either hook it up yourself or contact a HVAC specialist like Home Comfort Heating & Air. If you’re installing it yourself, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your home or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In most cases, Nest says this isn’t a problem as the thermostat can get enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system may require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from older programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t get enough juice, Nest says you could encounter some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is making strange noises, such as chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly turning on and off in a short period of time.
- There is a delay notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always working, won’t turn on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we advise you begin with your thermostat right away. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Specialists Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t fix the problem, a smart thermostat pro including one from Home Comfort Heating & Air can provide support. We can pinpoint the issue and put in a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life more convenient, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to monitor temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Home Comfort Heating & Air can fix the issue in no time.
If you’re experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to book your appointment now.